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"Archer Vice: A Debt of Honor" is the third episode of Archer Vice (season 5) and the fifty-second episode overall.


After being tricked in the previous episode, the former ISIS staff is trying to figure out what to do with a million in counterfeit bills. After debating what to do with the money, including getting weapons (as all of them were seized by the FBI along with ISIS HQ) they give up and leave. With everyone else gone Pam takes the money. The staff returns to find the money missing and Pam walks in with a bag of drugs, revealing that she used the counterfeit bills to buy drugs from the Yakuza believing they will be unable to find her. However they track her down and surround the Mansion. Mr. Moto (the gangster from Drift Problem) calls and demands the return of the drugs and Pam's head (literally). Cheryl tries to negotiate and offer them money however they refuse.

With no weapons to speak of the agents arm themselves with weapons from Cheryl's relative's collection of antique guns. As they do so a sniper opens up on them, hitting Ron and forcing them to scatter. With Ron in danger of dying, Cheryl reveals a network of tunnels under the mansion going across New York. She, Cyril, and Pam carry Ron via the tunnels past the Yakuza and get a cab to the hospital while Archer enacts his own plan. Using a tunnel to sneak up on Mr. Moto's limo he manages to fool the driver into letting him in. Overpowering him, he holds Moto at gunpoint, forcing him to make the rest of the Yakuza stop. With no choice, Moto agrees but asks that he get something in return to save face. Archer, part drunk from the alcohol and coming down off the amphetamines in the limo agrees to giving them five million dollars worth of cocaine by Moto, in addition to what is left of the drugs Pam bought and all the counterfeit money. As Archer, Lana and Malory watch the Yakuza leave, Archer states that he thought things worked out pretty well, much to Malory's chagrin. She then breaks his phone in annoyance. The episode ends in Archer laughing, as it was Woodhouse's rather than his.


  • Title Explained: The title refers to Mr. Moto's motives for the Tunt Mansion assault.
  • Ron can be seen reading a newspaper featuring San Marcos as the headline, foreshadowing the events of the rest of the season.
  • Archer realizes that he has been shot 26 times over the series (as of this episode).
  • Hell's Angels are a real life biker gang, heavily involved in the distribution of Methamphetamines.
  • Archer makes reference to Malory having shot at Mr. Moto in Drift Problem, however she does not recall (or care, for that matter).
  • Pam catches the amphetamines in her mouth like a Hungry Hungry Hippo (nod to episode one).
  • Archer changes into a "slightly darker black black suit", similar to his "slightly darker black turtlenecks" in the pilot Mole Hunt.
  • When entering Mr. Moto's limousine Archer calls the valet driver Kato, a reference to the character from The Green Hornet.
  • Archer's ignorance to country music is unusual, given his fondness for Burt Reynolds movies (particularly Gator and Smokey and the Bandit), both of which feature the music of Jerry Reed, who also has roles in them. Archer has even been shown to sing the theme song from Smokey, "East Bound and Down" as a child in "The Man From Jupiter". 
  • The music played by Archer and the Yakuza henchmen on their phones is from the TV show The Price Is Right.
  • Conway Stern, Randy Gillette and Skorpio are mentioned in this episode. Randy is revealed to be serving life in prison
  • The Japanese (Nihon-go) spoken by the Yakuza boss at the end just before he drives away is a non-traditional metaphor. It means 'to be grateful about money is the same as evaporation in Summer'. To which Archer replies "haha. That is so true."
  • Lana laughed for the first time ever with Archer at the end of the episode. She caught herself and stopped. -- Note: She also laughed and caught herself at the end of Killing Utne.
  • Archer refers to Josh Randall who was a character in a TV series called Wanted: Dead or Alive during 1958-1961. He refers to him, probably due to the fact that the guns in Cheryl's collection were similar to the Winchester Model 1892, the gun that Josh Randall uses. 
  • Krieger is heard over the com-system saying "Bonham's a pussy" in reference to Lana threatening to play the Led Zepplin song, "Moby Dick," on Pam's head. John Bonham is the drummer for Led Zepplin, this is in reference to Krieger's love for Rush and their drummer, Neil Peart


Pam: "Scrooge McDuck eh? Nomnomnomnomnomnomnomnomnom. Sweater."
Ray: "Now that's the song you should write."
Cheryl: "Ugh, or maybe one about a crippled cyborg who all he did was pussy-ache about being a cripped cyborg!"
Cheryl: "Jesus! Be more gross and chinese-y!"
Moto: "Tadashi, what is wrong with you? you shoot like an old blind woman. You bring shame on your family!"
Ron: "Ahhhh the darkness!"

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